Don't Hold Back!

TagUrIt

Professional
I'm writing about my experience so I can share with others and maybe they can learn something from it. I had a tennis match today and I lost. Not easy to take an L, but I did learn something about myself today. Not to make excuses, but it's first week back to tennis after not playing for about two weeks. (I was on vacation, not able to play) Even though I haven't been playing, you would think it would pretty much come back to me once I stepped on the courts. Nope, I found myself playing like a much lesser version of what I normally play. With all that being said, I was not hitting the ball as I normally do. I'm an aggressive baseliner and I was basically playing "safe tennis" today. I was playing way more defensive than offensive, basically I was holding back. I know what I'm capable of on the courts and I know how to execute also. There really is a mental side to all of this, today I learned that I can't play safe tennis and expect to win. So my theme going forward from now on will be "Don't Hold Back".

I lost in straight sets, but the first set went to a tie-breaker. This is the set break down by games

Game 1- Opponent
Game 2- Me
Game 3- Me
Game 4- Me
Game 5- Me
Game 6- Opponent
Game 7- Opponent
Game 8- Opponent
Game 9- Me
Game 10- Opponent
Game 11- Me
Game 12- Opponent
Tie Breaker 7-5 Opponent

Second Set 6-3

Game-1 Opponent
Game-2 Opponent
Game-3 Opponent
Game-4 Opponent
Game-5 Me
Game-6 Me
Game-7 Opponent
Game-8 Me
Game-9 Opponent
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
To succeed in defense, you need to be more fit, and be ready to chase everything. Not being that agile anymore, I never expect to win defensively, but allways try to find space for winners - too egarly considering the results and what coaches have tried to teach me.

Keeping the ball in play running like crazy is not easy. Hitting on the move is not my best weapon, so I try to keep the other guy running, and points short.

My problem seems to be, that I’m a bit off and choked in the start and usually trailing a break or two early in the match. Sometimes getting a flying start and lead 3 to 4 - love and end up losing the first set before I get the fighting gears on.


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No more on pain meds - all contributed matter and anti-matter are still subject to disclaimer
 
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Pete Player

Hall of Fame
From what I read on the OP, i think, you did not play clearly defensive, but hesitative offence from the baseline, your comfort zone, but did not go for your shots the usual.

And ended up somewhere in the middle of your norm and defence, which your mindset doesn’t support.


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No more on pain meds - all contributed matter and anti-matter are still subject to disclaimer
 
I'm writing about my experience so I can share with others and maybe they can learn something from it. I had a tennis match today and I lost. Not easy to take an L, but I did learn something about myself today. Not to make excuses, but it's first week back to tennis after not playing for about two weeks. (I was on vacation, not able to play) Even though I haven't been playing, you would think it would pretty much come back to me once I stepped on the courts. Nope, I found myself playing like a much lesser version of what I normally play. With all that being said, I was not hitting the ball as I normally do. I'm an aggressive baseliner and I was basically playing "safe tennis" today. I was playing way more defensive than offensive, basically I was holding back. I know what I'm capable of on the courts and I know how to execute also. There really is a mental side to all of this, today I learned that I can't play safe tennis and expect to win. So my theme going forward from now on will be "Don't Hold Back".

I lost in straight sets, but the first set went to a tie-breaker. This is the set break down by games

Game 1- Opponent
Game 2- Me
Game 3- Me
Game 4- Me
Game 5- Me
Game 6- Opponent
Game 7- Opponent
Game 8- Opponent
Game 9- Me
Game 10- Opponent
Game 11- Me
Game 12- Opponent
Tie Breaker 7-5 Opponent

Second Set 6-3

Game-1 Opponent
Game-2 Opponent
Game-3 Opponent
Game-4 Opponent
Game-5 Me
Game-6 Me
Game-7 Opponent
Game-8 Me
Game-9 Opponent
Whenever I have more than ten days off it takes me several hours to get back to match shape mentally ;) Legs don’t move, I reach and stab instead of going to the ball, even though it’s right there :oops::oops::oops: My ROS is all junk slice :censored::censored::censored: Essentially I am playing lazy tennis in my mind, has little do do with the body :mad::mad::mad::mad:
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Whenever I have more than ten days off it takes me several hours to get back to match shape mentally ;) Legs don’t move, I reach and stab instead of going to the ball, even though it’s right there :oops::oops::oops: My ROS is all junk slice :censored::censored::censored: Essentially I am playing lazy tennis in my mind, has little do do with the body :mad::mad::mad::mad:
I have a pause for 4 month every year for golf season playing only occational doubles game days in summer.

The odd has allways been, that starting tennis again in fall I am so focused and inspired that play better than in late spring in practice, yet trained the whole winter multiple times and hours a week.

Touch may be a tad rusty, but the ballstriking and points management is there, yet the off season. Probably some fatique issues during the dark winter period, don’t know.


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